This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on April 19, 2013

6 Articles to Read this Weekend

How to Create a Workplace People Never Want to Leave, by Google’s Christopher Coleman
The No. 1 thing is to listen to what employees need. We found that they need a lot of diversity. There are so many ways to work—as a team, solo and so many kinds of workers, from introverts to extroverts and so on … Businessweek

Coworking Spaces From Grind to GRid70 Help Employees Work Beyond the Cube
In 2011, when the electronics firm Plantronics redesigned its headquarters in Santa Cruz, California, executives decided to remove the desks for a third of the firm’s 500 local staff. Employees were given a choice: They could work daily from home; they could commute to headquarters; or they could join one of three Bay Area locations of NextSpace … Fast Company

How the End of the Traditional Workplace Is Changing Our Cities
Technology has blurred the walls of the workplace in at least two dramatic ways. People who once worked inside the clear confines of a cubicle, inside an office, within an office tower in a commercial district, can now work from nearly anywhere. And because the spatial distinction has been disappearing between work and home (and everywhere in between), neat divisions in time are now eroding, too … The Atlantic Cities

Marissa Mayer breaks her silence on Yahoo’s telecommuting policy
In the closing keynote at the Great Place to Work conference at the Hyatt Regency Century City in Los Angeles Thursday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer defended her decision to kill the company’s popular work-from-home policy. Until now, she had refused to comment on the switch, previously saying via a spokesperson that the company does not discuss internal matters … Fortune Tech

Hotels vie to become offices of the future
Ever since Starbucks had the business acumen to make free WiFi as defining to its brand as “grande frappucinos,” workers have delighted in leaving their offices in favor of brighter, more caffeinated workspaces. As the traditional office undergoes a global demise, hotels are starting to change their function to accommodate the new wave of mobile workers … CNN

How Not to Be the Office Tech Dinosaur
For many people, being on the far side of 40 in the workplace brings the confidence of experience, of having hit a certain professional stride. It can also bring a nagging insecure feeling that younger colleagues—the ones with 5,000 Twitter followers, who designed their first website in middle school—are fast becoming the new office stars … Wall Street Journal

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